Taj Mahal by Som Prakash Verma

Taj Mahal

bySom Prakash Verma

Hardcover | April 2, 2012

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Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Taj Mahal is one of the most well-known world heritage (cultural) sites. Part of the monumental legacy series, the book provides a brief introduction to the monument, a mausoleum of white marble and an unrivalled masterpiece of Mughalart and architecture. Providing historical background with a study of farmans, inscriptions, and works of contemporary historians, it explores various aspects of the monument's concept and form. This volume discusses the plan; structure; style; workmen; materials used; building technique;architects; as well as expenditure and maintenance. The essential complement to the tomb building, the fourfold garden with its pathways and fountains; the intricate marble inlay work with coloured gemstone; and the calligraphy of sacred Quranic verses have all been examined in detail. The bookconcludes with how Taj was perceived by various European artists along with discussion on the Taj Museum, and other monuments around Taj. The book will be indispensable for the numerous tourists visiting the site. It will also interest students and scholars of history, art, and architecture.

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Som Prakash Verma was Former Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University. He is also Tagore National Fellow at Khuda Bakhsh O.P. Library.
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Title:Taj MahalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:April 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198080352

ISBN - 13:9780198080350

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Series Editor's PrefaceList of IllustrationsPreface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Historical Sources2. Architecture: Concept and Form3. Gardens of the Taj Mahal: Chahar Bagh4. Marble with Gemstone: Inlay and Relief5. Calligraphy on the Taj Mahal6. The Picturesque Taj: Artist's Perception7. The Taj Museum8. Monuments around the TajAppendix1Appendix 2GlossaryPractical Tips and InformationReferences